Nationals Park is hosting its first World Series game Friday, and the national spotlight on all things Nats has never been brighter. So when the fourth inning arrives, if the team knows what’s good for them, they’ll make sure Teddy Roosevelt wins the presidents race. The superstitious among us will point to Teddy’s season trajectory, …
An hour into Tuesday’s NL Wild Card game at Nationals Park, as Max Scherzer was completing his 4th inning on the mound, the stadium’s emergency alert system malfunctioned. Alarms blared in the press box, and the stadium’s PA system went silent. For baseball purists, it was a rare opportunity to temporarily enjoy the sounds of … Continue reading Wild indeed! Nats “Lose Control” of PA system during NL Wild Card game, run presidents race in silence, and Brittney saves the day
DCist today published a wonderful Oral History of the Nationals Racing Presidents, lovingly curated by intrepid journalist Matt Blitz. including a first-ever formal admission by a team official that the fix was in for Teddy Roosevelt. Blitz tells the history of the presidents race through interviews with many of the people behind the scenes and involved … Continue reading From DCist: An Oral History of the Nationals racing presidents, and a major first admission of conspiracy
The Washington Nationals formally threw in the towel on the 2018 season Tuesday, then promptly let Teddy win. 125 games into the season, the once heavily-favored but snake bitten Nationals finally accepted the reality of their losing record and today announced trades of Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams — key players in the final year … Continue reading After throwing in the towel on 2018, Washington Nationals let Teddy win
On a frigid opening day at Nationals Park, the Washington Nationals reversed course from last year and decided to let Teddy win, as racing president Theodore Roosevelt kicked off the season by snapping his multi-year, 86-game losing streak. The MLB’s new pace-of-play initiatives leave little wiggle room for presidents race shenanigans, but the Nationals managed … Continue reading On opening day, Teddy Roosevelt breaks presidents race losing streak with help from an unlikely ally
Every year at about this time, as I prepare to archive another year’s racing president standings, I ask myself whether it’s worth it to continue the blog. Then I meet somebody — a loyal reader who’s a team employee or a descendant of Teddy Roosevelt. Or somebody like Mike Cisneros comes along. Cisneros is a … Continue reading Data visualization guru maps Nationals presidents race results, and it’s a beautiful thing
On Tuesday, Reddit user and Yankees fan Constant_Gardner11 posted a detailed analysis of presidents race results during the Nationals Park era, using data we’ve collected here at Let Teddy Win. His conclusion: Nats fans should root for George Washington. Nats’ opponents should root for Teddy. The many comments from the Reddit community show that conspiracy theories about Teddy … Continue reading Yankees fan runs the numbers, concludes Nats fans should root for George, opponents should root for Teddy
The Washington Post’s Tom Boswell called the Nats’ final playoff game of 2017 an exhilarating, exhausting, donnybrook that “staggers even the baseball imagination.” The Nationals 9-8 deciding game 5 loss to the Chicago Cubs was a marathon filled with improbable and confusing twists and turns that were hard to process for many in attendance. So in … Continue reading In perfect game 5 metaphor, Nats racing presidents trade leads in lengthy, confusing obstacle course
After stealing the Nationals’ first 2017 postseason presidents race on Friday, George Washington wasn’t taking any chances for Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday at Nationals Park. Another extra-long race (thanks to the national broadcast) appeared to leave Washington winded as the racing presidents approached center field, but it turned out to be yet … Continue reading George Washington leaves Nationals presidents race, returns on a bicycle
The Washington Nationals hosted the first game of the National League Division Series vs. the Chicago Cubs Friday night at Nationals Park, and the nationally televised playoff game schedule helped the team toy with fans before once again preventing Teddy Roosevelt from winning his first presidents race of the season. The extra long commercial breaks … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt almost wins in the playoffs, but Nats grounds crew intervenes
There could not have been less drama in the 81st and final presidents race of the Washington Nationals’ 2017 regular season. Wearing their Sunday best, Teddy Roosevelt faded fast while George Washington pulled away to secure second place behind Thomas Jefferson in the final season standings. Sunday’s race capped the seventh completely winless regular season … Continue reading Racing president Teddy Roosevelt completes his seventh winless season
MASN play-by-play man Bob Carpenter thinks the end of Teddy Roosevelt’s losing streak is near, but color commentator F.P. Santangelo is not on the same page. “It’s only a guess on my part. I have no inside information,” Carpenter said on Thursday’s Washington Nationals game broadcast. “I don’t know what game,” he continued. “I think … Continue reading Bob Carpenter predicts a Teddy Roosevelt win in the playoffs
The Washington Nationals Celebrated Oktoberfest Friday night at Nationals Park, and the racing presidents got into the act, sporting their rarely-seen giant lederhosen for the fourth inning presidents race. The otherwise normal race was interrupted when Blonde Ale Blanche, a character dressed as one of the special beers the team was selling for Friday’s celebration, … Continue reading Video: Racing presidents attacked by Oktoberfest pretzels as Jefferson locks up first title since 2006
With ten home games remaining in the season, the 2017 presidents race crown remains up in the air, with George Washington and Abe Lincoln each within four victories of leader Thomas Jefferson in the standings. But one thing we know for sure: Teddy Roosevelt doesn’t stand a chance. On Sunday, as Stephen Strasburg and the … Continue reading The Nats have clinched. Time to let Teddy win. For Jayson.
Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt lost his 50th consecutive race on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park, extending a streak that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. Teddy’s latest losing streak may be unsurprising to most observers, but it has taken a markedly new turn since the first half of the season, when, as … Continue reading Is Teddy Roosevelt even trying anymore?